element
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (component)
a. el elemento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
One of the elements that makes the novel so ingenious is the author's use of language.Uno de los elementos que hace la novela tan ingeniosa es el uso de lenguaje del autor.
b. el factor
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The guerrillas had the element of surprise in their favor.Los guerrilleros tenían el factor sorpresa a su favor.
c. el componente
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There is an element of fear in your reaction to the unknown.Hay un componente de temor en tu reacción frente a lo desconocido.
2. (chemistry)
a. el elemento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The two chemists realized they had discovered a new element.Los dos químicos se dieron cuenta de que habían descubierto un nuevo elemento.
3. (portion of society)
a. el elemento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This type of political candidate appeals to the extremist element of our society.Este tipo de candidato atrae al elemento extremista de nuestra sociedad.
b. el grupo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There is an element within our culture that seeks independence from the central government.Hay un grupo dentro de nuestra cultura que busca la independencia del gobierno central.
4. (electric part)
a. la resistencia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(stove)
The element should be red hot when you put the kettle on.La resistencia debería estar al rojo vivo cuando pongas la tetera.
5. (force of nature)
a. el elemento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The element that this deity represents is fire.El elemento que representa esta deidad es el fuego.
6.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(comfortable environment)
a. el elemento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
That singer is in her element when she's close to her audience in a small club.Esa cantante está en su elemento cuando está cerca de su público en un club pequeño.
elements
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
7. (effect of weather)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I tried to grow an orange tree in Maine, but it couldn't withstand the elements.Traté de cultivar un naranjo en Maine, pero no pudo resistir a los elementos.
You should bundle up to protect yourself from the elements today.Hoy deberías abrigarte para protegerte del clima.
8. (the basics)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
This textbook is an introduction to the elements of calculus.Este libro de texto es una introducción a los elementos del cálculo.
You can't play jazz if you don't understand the elements of the blues.No puedes tocar el jazz sin si no entiendes las nociones básicas del blues.
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element
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (constituent part)
a. el elemento m, componente
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
this film has all the elements of a hit movieesta película contiene todos los ingredientes del éxito
2. (factor)
a. el componente m, elemento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
the element of surpriseel factor sorpresa
the human elementel factor humano
an element of dangerun factor de peligro
3. (in society)
a. el elemento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
the hooligan elementlos gamberros
4. (chemistry)
a. el elemento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
5. (of kettle, electric fire)
a. la resistencia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
6. (force of nature)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
the four elementslos cuatro elementos
to brave the elementsdesafiar a los elementos
she was in her elementestaba en su elemento
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element [ˈelɪmənt]
noun
1 (gen) (Chem) elemento (m); (Electricity and Electronics) resistencia (f); (factor) factor (m)
an element of surprise un elemento de sorpresa; an element of truth una parte de verdad; it's the personal element that counts es el factor personal el que cuenta
to be in one's element estar en su elemento; estar como pez en el agua
to be out of one's element estar fuera de su elemento
2 elements (rudiments) elementos (m); nociones (f) básicas
the elements of mathematics las nociones básicas de las matemáticas
(weather)
open to the elements a la intemperie; to brave the elements arrostrar la tempestad; (go out) salir a la intemperie
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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